Originally Posted by archiguy
The native language of Wales contains words that have no vowels - just consonants with a particular affinity for double L's.
I have no idea how you'd pronounce some of those words.
Err - they do usually have vowels - they're just not ENGLISH vowels. In Welsh both w and y are considered vowels as well as a,e,i,o and u... So to someone who speaks English a word may look vowel-free, but in Welsh it isn't. w is pronounced a bit like the English oo and y is pronounced in variations related to u (as in the English up)
The Welsh alphabet is : a, b, c, ch, d, dd, e, f, ff, g, ng, h, i, l, ll, m, n, o, p, ph, r, rh, s, t, th, u, w, y (The other English consonants are only used in loan words AIUI)
The dd, ff, ng, ll, ph, rh and th are all treated as separate single 'letters' with their own sound.
The 'll' isn't that tricky once you get the hang of it either. Crudely it's a bit like 'cl' or 'hl' I think - or maybe a bit 'th' in some cases.
for more. It's a fascinating language - and can be very beautiful to listen to. (I work with a couple of native Welsh speakers)Edited by sneals2000 - 10/5/12 at 3:14pm